Candace Owens Has Thoughts on Hitler: If He ‘Just Wanted to Make Germany Great,’ That’s Fine!

Candace Owens Has Thoughts on Hitler: If He ‘Just Wanted to Make Germany Great,’ That’s Fine!

I think there is one rule we can all agree on — never, under any circumstances, praise Adolf Hitler.

During what Buzzfeed News described as a “disastrous” launch of right-wing student organization Turning Point USA’s British launch, TPUSA communications director and rising conservative star Candace Owens found herself doing just that.

During a December London Q&A session with TPUSA founder and business partner Charlie Kirk, Owens was asked about nationalism and how it relates to Western culture and values. Owens decided, for some reason, to bring up Nazis and Hitler.

“I actually don’t have any problems at all with the word nationalism,” she stated. “I think that the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don’t want… Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler.”

Owens continued: “He was a national socialist. But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism. In thinking about how we could go bad down the line, I don’t really have an issue with nationalism. I really don’t.”

After BuzzFeed’s piece went up, Media Matters’ John Whitehouse shared video of the exchange on Twitter. It has to be seen to be believed:

Considering that Owens essentially said ‘you gotta hand it to them’ on Nazism and endorsed Hitler’s domestic policies, it didn’t take long for Twitter to weigh in on the insanity of her remarks.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.